I am excited to be a part of the Merryhill staff. I look forward to working with your child and helping them progress and succeed academically.
I was born in Michigan and traveled to California with my older sister Eleanor and parents when I was one year old. My parents are both from the Philippines. I went to Burnett Elementary School in Milpitas. When I went to high school I attended Milpitas High. I continued to participate in after school activities like the swim team.
During my high school years, I started to volunteer at St. John the Baptist church in Milpitas as a teacher on Sundays. I loved that volunteer job because the reward was leading young teenagers in their spiritual journey. I felt like I was making a difference. I did that for ten years. After that, I went to college at San Jose Christian College (now known as William Jessup University). After I graduated I got a job as a photojournalist for the Milpitas Post Newspapers. I took pictures all over the south bay at news events, sporting events and other various journalism assignments. At the same time I was also working as a chess instructor for a company called Success Chess. I would travel from school to school each day teaching chess strategies, tactics and running chess tournaments for the kids. I also did that job for ten years as well and had a good time also. On top of those two jobs I also had two more. I was coaching the swim team for Milpitas High School and I was the music director for the San Jose State Campus Ministry.
It has always been a dream of mine to be in the classroom as a teacher. Now that I am here teaching the second grade I am applying everything that I learned from the classes I took at San Jose State University in the teacher credentialing program. I did my student teaching in Milpitas at Weller Elementary. I taught in Seth Kepner’s class working with sixth graders. Kepner is a teacher with thirty years of experience and I learned a lot of things that helped me with classroom management, philosophy of education and teaching a class that had high, medium and low academic skills. After I graduated from the Teacher Credentialing program in 2004, I worked as a full-time teacher for the Berryessa Union School District. I taught special education for 6th through 8th grade students in a small class with students with ADD and ADHD.
Now I am more than happy to be teaching here at Merryhill in the second grade. I think it is the right age group for me since my chess classes were mostly filled with 6-8 year old kids. I also feel like I am giving back to the community that gave so much to me.